When we were first married we inherited a couple of light green couches from someone we knew. Being the frugal person that I am, I worked my whole living room color scheme around them, unwilling to spend money on couches that might fit my style better. In fact, at the time, my style could have been summed up in a few words: whatever was free. Continue reading
Hey everyone! We are still chipping away at our many projects here at the farmhouse!
I am literally about halfway done on every room in the house. As soon as I get one looking sort of decent, I neglect it and move on to the next. I hope to get better about that, so I can show you a competed room for once!
Anyway, I want to tell you about my beautiful new watch that I just received!
I am not a big accessories person. I can go an entire year without ever putting on a necklace or a pair of earrings.
When it comes to fashion, I like simple, practical and easy, yet put together and nice.
My new Jord watch is the perfect piece for me. It’s simple, well made and classy.
I wore it to church on Sunday, with my predictably simple outfit of jean shorts and a denim button up, and I felt just a little more fashionable and put together with my stylish wood watch.
It’s just so simple and pretty.
I am also doing a giveaway! One winner will receive $75 off ANY Jord watch. There are so many beautiful options! Also, everyone else who enters, and doesn’t win, will receive $20 off any watch. The giveaway will start today and run through Wednesday, July 15. The winner will be randomly selected at 11:59 pm. Just follow this link to enter:
If you win you will be notified by Jord and me.
Check out the women’s shop : https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/women/#farmhouseonboone
My watch: https://www.woodwatches.com/series/fieldcrest/zebrawood-and-maple/#farmhouseonboone
We have made a ton of progress on our bedroom makeover, and I am loving it so far!
Everything feels so much lighter and brighter!
It was a hassle selling all the old furniture, sleeping on the mattress on the floor for a month and having all of our clothes piled in the closet, with no dresser to store them in.
But, I am so glad I did it!
It just makes no sense to keep things around that you don’t like. I don’t know why I thought I had to be stuck with any and all items I acquired at some point.
If I used to like something, and no longer do, it’s ok to get. rid. of. it!
Ok, I will get off my soapbox now!
I found a lovely antique dresser on Craigslist for $50 and painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Shutter Gray. I plan to share a tutorial on that at some point.
My husbad found a small dresser at an auction for $1. I painted it with white chalk paint, and we are using it as a night stand.
I sewed the gray and white buffalo check pillow shams on the bed. A tutorial for that will be coming. I found the white rectangular pillow at IKEA, and I just love it!
As for all the things we still need to do, the list is pretty long. We need to find a small dresser for my husband’s side of the bed. We also have to hang the new light fixture, pick out lamps for the nightstands, fix up an old armoire and find a few more accessories.
Its at that stage where it looks good enough for me to neglect it for a while. 😬
Once, on a TED talk, I heard that procrastinators end up with the best ideas because they mull things over for so long. I’m just going to go ahead with that excuse for not finishing any of my projects. I just want to make sure I think about it long enough to make the most informed design choices. 😉😆
I wil update you with any room progress as it comes. Thanks for following along!
Every time we go to the grocery store my kids beg me for some kind of treat. Since they know I won’t buy them cookies or ice cream they usually settle for fruit leather, organic chocolate bars, or their all time favorite healthy snack, Larabars.
I love Larabars because they contain so few ingredients. They are made with all real food, natural ingredients. But, they are quite expensive. They are great on the go, but when we can make them ourselves, we do. Continue reading
Even though it is still technically spring, the summer weather has definitely set in. I have been taking the kids to the pool almost daily and spending plenty of time out in the garden.
In the kitchen, I am cooking up things that are quick and easy because we are spending so much time outside of the house. In a few months I will be thinking casseroles, quick breads and pumpkin everything, but for now the kitchen is the last place in the house I want to be.
The garden is loaded with green tomatoes, tiny zucchini, a ton of herbs and the beginnings of pumpkins, radishes and carrots. We just started eating my first batch of sauerkraut from the cabbage we planted in early spring.
Can I just say I am so happy we did this? It makes the wall behind our bed a focal point and the project was actually easier than expected!
To do the shiplap wall, I bought four sheets of 4’X8′ sanded plywood at 11/32″ thickness. I had Lowes cut it in 6″ strips. At $.25 per cut it was worth every penny. The total cost for the project was under $100 for a 160″by 90″ wall.
My husband started at the baseboard and used one full 8′ board and cut one to fit the rest of the wall, which for our wall was right at 5 and 1/3 feet. This left us with several scraps just under 3 feet. If the wall had been an even 12 feet, we would have done an 8 foot and 4 foot piece in each row and had no leftover pieces, but the world is not perfect and our house is old.
Speaking of that, we also had a major bow in the plaster to contend with. We solved that by having me hold the boards out a little, to make them even with the others, while my husband shot the nail in.
We used a nail gun and 1 and 1/4 inch 18 gauge nails. It made the project pretty speedy! We just continued to alternate which side we used the 8 foot board on.
After a few hours, the whole wall was done!
I would say most of the time is spent in the prep work, getting the wood and having it cut, cutting the boards to fit and notching it out in the appropriate spots, like on the corners of the baseboards and the electrical outlets.
After all that its smooth sailing!
The next night I painted the whole wall with Benjamin Moore White Dove.
I love how it turned out! It makes the room feel so light, bright and cozy!
As you can see from the pictures above, I already bought the bed, made the pillow shams and found one of the nightstands, but that is for another post! 😉
Most mornings I serve my family scrambled eggs and kefir smoothies for breakfast. I feel good about that because the meal is packed with protein, antioxidants, and probiotics.
But, some mornings, I give in to my children’s protests and serve something a little more exciting.
Anytime I mention the word pancakes I am guaranteed morning smiles from all of my little ones. Although this is a compromise meal I still use quality ingredients to make it a healthier choice, like pastured eggs from our chickens, raw organic milk from a local dairy, local raw honey, organic blueberries, homemade vanilla and organic whole grain flour. At least my kids aren’t getting GMO’s and high fructose corn syrup.
Today I am going to share one of our favorite variations to this all American popular breakfast fare, lemon blueberry pancakes.
Hello friends! Sorry I have been a bit MIA the last couple weeks. I recently started an Instagram account and maintaining that thing is almost like having another blog entirely. Whew! It can be time consuming.
We have another room makeover in the works and I’m excited to tell you all about it!
When we were first married eight and half years ago, my very generous grandma offered to buy us a brand new bedroom set. I chose a dark wood sleigh bed and the dresser, mirror, chest of drawers and nightstand to match.
The set worked very nicely for us for several years, but in the last year or so, I found it no longer worked with my current decorating style. I kind of moped around about it every time I thought about redecorating my bedroom, as if I was obligated to make it work. I basically decided I would never have my bedroom decorated the way I wanted because I picked the wrong furniture set years ago. Continue reading